Employees of the University of Arkansas system received notice last week that those who are married to spouses of the same-sex may now add their spouses to their insurance coverage. However, the Arkansas Supreme Court's stay of Judge Chris Piazza's same-sex marriage ruling has changed that.
Polls are open until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Arkansas’s primary election. Turnout has been reported to be light, as expected, at locations around the state.
At West Side Baptist Church in Little Rock, a steady trickle of voters made their way in and out of the polling site. But Larry Brannon noted he didn’t have a lot to choose from.
“I voted in the Democratic primary and so the choices are very lean, but I don’t want to miss voting, so I came. Most of (the races) were unopposed, but principally I wanted to vote for Mr. Ross and take a good look at the ballot.”
A Republican candidate for Arkansas governor who supports the new voter ID law was left waiting after he forgot his identification.
Spokesman Christian Olson told The Associated Press that Asa Hutchinson forgot his ID when he attempted to vote at the polls in Bentonville on Tuesday. Olson says a staffer was able to retrieve the ID and bring it to Hutchinson so he could vote.
Tuesday marks the first statewide test of the new law requiring voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot.
Federal officials plan to tour several projects in eastern Arkansas that are reducing water and nutrient pollution in the Mississippi Delta.
Officials with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will join state and local leaders on a series of tours Tuesday. The officials will visit farms in Stuttgart and also stop by the 5 Oaks Duck Lodge and Hollowell Reservoir at Bayou Meto.
At each stop, farmers and experts will discuss strategies to reduce the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus that reach waterways and the Mississippi Delta.
Arkansas election officials are predicting 20 percent of the state's 1.6 million registered voters will cast a ballot in Tuesday's primary election.
In Pulaski County, Director of Elections Bryan Poe expects it to be a little under that.
"In our office, we are estimating between 15 and 18 percent. That translates to somewhere between 30,000 and 40,000 registered voters, just about in line with previous primary elections, if not a little bit lighter," Poe said.
At the end of early voting, with polls set to open for Election Day, calls for election monitors and investigations into the Jefferson County Clerk’s office made their way to the State Board of Election Commissioners Monday. State Election Commissioner Stuart Soffer, in his capacity as a county election commissioner, said he’s asking for prosecutors and the State Police to investigate a number of alleged violations.
Soffer said Jefferson County Clerk Patricia Royal-Johnson has repeatedly ignored election laws including absentee ballot registering procedures.
Justin Roy Morris, a prominent University of Arkansas grape and wine researcher, has died. He was 77.
The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture announced that Morris died Monday. Spokesman Dave Edmark said Morris had been ill for some time.
Morris was a professor in the Food Science Department and director of the Institute of Food Science and Engineering at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. He retired in 2009. That was the same year he was inducted into the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame.
The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced that more than $2 million has been approved to help Arkansans recover from last month's severe storms.
FEMA has approved nearly $1.7 million in Housing Assistance to individuals and families in Faulkner, Pulaski, Randolph and White counties whose property was damaged or destroyed. More than $355,000 was also approved to be used to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.